Uncategorized - 13th September 2018
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The Golden barcode!

4 million

parkrun started in Sweden back in August 2016 and is fascinating to look back at the barcodes of the people who signed up at that time, as it shows that in this relatively short period of time, the total number of parkrunners worldwide incredibly has doubled, going from around 2.5 million parkrunners to the imminent arrival of the parkrunner with the magic barcode number 5,000,000!
 
On current trends, this is going to happen sometime in early October, a little sooner in the year than when we had the 4 millionth registered parkrunner (November 2017) and the 3 millionth (December 2016).
 
With several events launching in the Nordics around this time (some which we have already mentioned, and a couple more which are soon bursting to be announced!) there is a possibility that the 5th millionth registered parkrunner will be from our region. We think that would be fantastic, to help give some more publicity to the growth of parkrun in this part of the world alongside the countries where parkrun is far more established such as the UK, Australia and South Africa, amongst others. Fingers crossed for a lucky draw!

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Snowy courses and woolly socks!

In recent years ‘barefoot running’ has become something of a trend, but this isn’t so practical in winter with snow all around. So what’s the solution for the minimalist runner? Well, the answer comes from Finland, woollen socks. Last week we included a photo in our newsletter of parkrunner Tanja Kairimo and her son Unto…

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This week’s cold and snowy Nordics photo round-up

Clear skies and chilly temperatures were the theme to this week’s parkruns in the Nordics, with every event being run in sub-zero temperatures for the first time this year. It was a morning when anyone getting up early for parkrun was rewarded with stunning scenes to warm the spirits, whatever the temperature.   The sun…